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August 13, 2007--The premiere week in July of the Contemporary American Theater Festival coincided with my own debut as president. These two factors led to an exciting confluence of events--welcoming actors, directors, and theater supporters to our campus while at the same time being welcomed by the campus community. Thank you for the many personal and heartfelt gestures of welcome extended to me and to my husband Randy Wadsworth.

July and August have been spent meeting the many people who make up Shepherd University. I am impressed not only by the talent of our faculty and staff but by their enthusiasm and dedication. Such esprit de corps is refreshing, and I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to build upon the University's solid foundation.

When upgrades to the heating and air conditioning system in Popodicon prevented me from moving into the president's home before August 1, I took an opportunity to meet with students first-hand by living alongside them in one of the apartment-style residence halls on West Campus. I've enjoyed my interactions and exchanges with students. The students are a daily reminder of why I am here and why Shepherd enjoys a long history and excellent reputation.

At every event I've attended, Shepherd alumni proudly introduce themselves to me. At new student orientation, alumni families point out to me that they are carrying on the Shepherd tradition with second and even third generations attending Shepherd. Your unwavering support of Shepherd is greatly appreciated. Our alumni help make the University a strong, vibrant, and lively institution.

I appreciate the dinners and receptions hosted by community members in my honor. I have met many wonderful people, and you have eased my transition to your beautiful town and made me feel a part of the Shepherdstown community.

By the time you read this, Randy and I should be all moved into Popodicon. We look forward to settling into the daily life of the campus and community. Thank you for embracing our transition into your lives and the life of Shepherd University.


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